Having done so, he now pretended to wish to retaste the contents of the first skin, for which reason the owner held the second closed with his other hand. There is clearly a play on words with the word destruction (shod from shadad) and the word for Almighty (Shadday). 13:2; 2 Sam. For an eyewitness account of the 1915 locust invasion of Palestine see J. D. Whiting, "Jerusalem's Locust Plague," National Geographic 28 (December 1915): 511-50.

While some of the key words below are not frequent, nevertheless they are key because of their importance to the overall message of Joel.     A.

LOSS OF A BRIDEGROOM, Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the bridegroom of her youth (or "like a bride dressed in black" = NLT but Patterson adds 'The NLT’s “husband” should not be taken to indicate that the marriage had been consummated—the young woman may yet have been in her father’s household.") The Day of the Lord is speedily approaching; unless sinners repent, dire consequences await them. Further, the weeping and wailing both speak of public mourning over this devastation. for the worm shall devour them." And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians" (Ex 10: 4-6). 7:6; Dan. 2:7; 16:18; Ezek. 18:1; 1 Ki.     A. At Samaria a cache of ostraca was found which proved to be receipts for wine, oil, and barley. 1:3; Hag.

Romans 13:11-14-note Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; (SPIRITUALY ASLEEP!) said I have sinned .

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel!

12 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat every plant of the land, even all that the hail has left.” 13 So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the LORD directed an east wind on the land all that day and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. However, there very well may be here an overtone of the wider application of the locust invasion that appears in Joel 2. M. Olivier thus describes its attacks : "With the burning south winds (of Syria) there come from the interior of Arabia and the most southern parts of Persia, clouds of locusts, whose ravages to these countries are as grievous, and nearly as sudden, as those of the heaviest hail in Europe. Job asked whether a man at life's end, after lying down, would again "awake" (Job 14:12) and "live again" (v. 14).

1:11; Jer. Joel is one of the earliest prophets—only Obadiah prophesied before his time (845 B.C.). 16:8; 2 Ki. What is the connection between prayer and fasting? Recall God is the Speaker from Joel 1:1. (Explore the Book), Charles Feinberg on how Joel presages the Day of the LORD, Though the plague be literal and the prophet bewails the destruction wrought thereby, yet the plague in its literal sense does not exhaust the intent of the Lord. 37:2; Isa. As this theme is developed in Joel's prophecy, the day of the Lord threatens the continued existence of the covenant people (Joel 1:2-2:11); but it is a day whose consequences can be averted through repentance (Joel 2:12-17), so that it becomes instead a day of blessing for God's people (Joel 2:18-32) and judgment on their enemies (Joel 3:1-2). ", Have we realized that the heart of God our Father is enlarged toward us (LIKE THE NAME PETHUEL)? At times their elevation was in the hundreds of feet; at other times they came down quite low, detached members alighting"' (see text, page 513). (The Preacher's Commentary Series).

(Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words).

Gen. 37:34; Gen. 42:25; Gen. 42:27; Gen. 42:35; Lev. - 1 Pe 2:11-note).. How can you drive when front and back windows are crawling with crickets? Mourn (056)(abel from abal = to mourn) means to be in mourning process and speaks of actions and persons. Brian Bell asks "What is Joel’s main message? oh! (Sermon), Fast (Also in Joel 2:12, 2:15-note)(06685)(tsom from tsum = to abstain from food, to fast) is a masculine noun indicating a fast, fasting and refers to the act or time of fasting, an act of worship in mourning, despairing while entreating God. is a powerful, moving statement. God is calling for a "spiritual awakening" not just a sobering up. 4:30; Jer. But shallow triumphalism does not help in the depths of difficulties. We are reminded of God's promise to Israel in 2 Chr 7:13-14. Joel 1:14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders, and cry unto the Lord. This is the central theme of the prophet Joel. Some sup- posed them to be a kind of grasshopper, for they were so different in color to the fliers that first came and laid their eggs that it was difficult to detect in them the resemblance to the parents. 3:16–17), but seldom is it so explicit as in the opening verses of Joel. The prophet is using exaggerated and picturesque language to portray in vivid terms the enormity of the calamity. The reason why the details of this disaster were to be remembered and passed on to succeeding generations was rightly stated by Myers, "as a deterrent to sin."[8]. Such prophecies often refer to a current situation, such as the plague of locusts, then span over the centuries to the future end-time judgments.

. . It is difficult to express the effect produced on us by the sight of the whole atmosphere filled on all sides, and to a great height, by an innumerable quantity of these insects, whose flight was slow and uniform, and whose noise resembled that of rain ; the sky was darkened, and the light of the sun was considerably weakened. Weeping thus was a sign of the pain and grief for the entity or person being wept over. 91:6; Ps. "As destruction from the Almighty shall it come.". (Psalm 22:11), The Almighty is the Hebrew word Shadday which gives us our wonderful name of God, EL Shaddai - God Almighty. What the Bible Teaches – The intensity of the sorrow Joel called for is seen by the double call to "weep; and howl". The confusion, embarrassment, or dismay when things do not turn out as expected. Another writes of South Africa (Barrow, S. Africa, p. 257); “Of the innumerable multitudes of the incomplete insect or larva of the locusts, which at this time infested this part of Africa, no adequate idea could be conceived without having witnessed them. That is the Sanctuary of the Lord. 1:18; 3:8). Be ashamed as explained below conveys a combination of disappointment and disgrace, with a touch (hopefully) of embarrassment.

One morning while watching the fascinating process of a locust molting on the dry twigs of a tree (a once beautiful pomegranate in a corner of the yard), Essa was called to look on, and viewing the process for the first time, he broke out, saying, with many gesticulations : "Subhannk ya Rub" (Thy majesty, Oh Creator! crossing all socio-economic strata. Is Joel 1:4 referring to literal locusts? 17:8; 1 Ki.      An Impassioned Call to Lament (1:5–14) J. D. Whiting Such were the "sheep-cotes," by the way, at Engedi, in which the pursuing King Saul lay asleep at the mercy of his fugitive David, who even now refrained from killing his life- long enemy, but, instead, only "cut off the skirt of Saul's robe" (1 Samuel 24).

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